Ministering with Children in a Virtual World


As we navigate this time of social distancing and ministering with children and families in a virtual world, we have pulled together some helpful resources for children ministry leaders.  If you have ideas or resources that you are using in your church, please pass them along to Susan Groseclose so that they may be added here as well.

Children's Ministry leaders are invited to join in on a weekly Zoom call on Thursdays at 10:00 am for the upcoming weeks. This is a place to connect, check in and share ideas and resources. To join you may follow this link.

The Holston Conference Children's Ministry Network Facebook page offers a wealth of resources you may find useful. The Holston Conference Children's Ministry Team is adding ideas and resources on a weekly basis. 

Other Children and Family Ministry Resources:

Cokesbury Kids offers a weekly midweek pause, Deep Blue Virtual Sunday School, and Holy Moments Worship

Virtual Day Camp offered by United Methodist Camp and Retreat Ministries

Discipleship Ministries is offering "Things We Can Do" 

Ministry Architects is offering Facebook Live chats, tips, and cohorts for children's ministry leaders

Discipulado Intergeneracional - Hispanic resources offered by Tanya Marie Eustace Campen, Director of Intergenerational Ministries in the Rio Texas UMC Conference 

Illustrated Ministry is offering free downloadable coloring sheets

Leanne Hadley - check out Holy Listening Stones and other resources to help families discuss gratitudes and challenges during this pandemic

TN Conference Next Gen Kid Ministry

Arkansas UMC Conference Kids Ministry

Digital Resources-

Webinar: Using Digital Technologies for Faith Formation

Vibrant Faith Digital Resources

Thanks to the North Alabama Conference for compiling this list.

  • Streaming Services:

    • Facebook Live: Click here for instructions and tips.

    • Instagram Live: Click here for instructions.

    • YouTube Live: Click here for instructions.

  • Communication & Collaboration Services:

    • Facebook Groups: Groups are a place to communicate about shared interests with certain people. You can create a group for anything — your family reunion, your after-work sports team or your book club. Read more here.

    • Zoom: Zoom is an online video conferencing app for either one-on-one or group video meetings. There is a free version, but there are limits (a 40-minute max duration). Read more here.

    • Google: Google is offering its enterprise version to G Suite and G Suite for Education users, which includes access to advanced Duo & Meet video-conferencing capabilities like meetings for up to 250 participants and live streaming for up to 100,000 viewers within the domain. Read more here.

    • Microsoft: Microsoft is offering Teams for free. Teams is a collaboration tool with chat, video calling, personal and team file storage, and more. Read more here.

    • Slack: Slack is a collaboration app with a free version, but they also offer webinars and one-on-one consultations to help you navigate your own transition to a remote workforce. Read more here.

    • GroupMe: Think group texting but with access beyond a cell phone. GroupMe offers both browser and cellular technology for group messaging. This is a great tool for youth groups! Read more here.

    • Trello: Trello is a free production management tool that you can use for communication and tracking different conversations and/or projects. Trello’s simple and flexible design lets your team collaborate and organize everything (literally, everything—from the day-to-day operations of your business to your next family vacation). Read more here.

11 groups receive total $31,450 in Change for Children grants

East Ridge United Methodist Church's food pantry feeds 300 families each month.

Thank you Holston Conference for your generous donations to the yearly Change for Children offering at annual conference – your gifts make a difference in the lives of children and families across the conference and around the world. The Children’s Ministry Team has awarded $31,450 for Change for Children grants to:
  • Bluff City UMC for their after-school care program in partnership with Children’s Inc. an entity through Girls Inc. of Bristol.
  • Cokesbury UMC for Hope Initiative to purchase Chromebooks and a printer to enhance their afternoon tutoring ministry.
  • East Ridge UMC’s food pantry which feeds 300 families per month.
  • First UMC Johnson City’s Miracle at First Church which minsters with improvished children and families in the urban area of Johnson City. This dynamic program includes music instruction. Sunday worship, tutoring, a leadership program with pairs youth and mentors, counseling, transportation, and meals/snacks.
  • Nickelsville Circuit to provide student school expenses through Seconds for 2nd Helpings.
  • O.S. Chapel UMC to provide school supplies through Project C.R.A.Y.O.N.S.
  • Randolph Avenue UMC Children’s Enrichment Program which offers anger management classes, parent substance abuse prevention, recreational and Christian Education resources, and snacks.
  • Russellville UMC to provide weekly food bags to two schools through their Loaves and Fishes ministry.
  • Washington Hills UMC Church Center Connection mentoring project in partnership with Washington Hills Recreation Center.
  • Training Scholarship for Kristi Alton at Wesley Memorial UMC to attend the INCM Children’s Pastor Conference
  • Two international scholarships to Samaritan Hands VIM mission to Zimbabwe to provide VBS for 1800+ children and Fairview UMC’s mission trip to Latvia to provide children’s ministry outreach in two communities and a children’s VBS style ministry during the leadership conference for all of the twelve United Methodist churches in Latvia.
These grants not only provide the basic necessities of life but are providing the love of Jesus Christ through vital, faith-forming ministries to children. Also, these grants financially support and strengthen key partnerships with community schools and social organizations. The next deadline for churches to apply for a children’s ministry grant is February 15, 2020. For more information, please contact Susan Groseclose at